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Rail passenger traffic – by region 2018 & 2019

In 2019, passengers traveled just under 30 billion passenger kilometers on railways in North and South America. The region trails behind Europe, the Russian Federation, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East.

Urban rail: concerns amid Covid-19

Urban rail, comprising light rail and metropolitan lines, is currently reckoning with financial losses during the Covid-19 crisis – with transit stations encountering significant decreases in ridership due to restrictions in capacity and fewer passengers who are willing to travel.

Metro signaling solutions

The year 2020, despite setbacks triggered by Covid-19, has welcomed developments in signaling solutions across the globe’s metro lines. Thales – one of the world’s market leaders in providing fully automated lines – has signed three urban rail signaling contracts to provide its communications-based train control (CBTC) solution to metro systems in China, South Korea, and Turkey. CBCT, the main signaling solution for fully automated metro lines worldwide, optimizes train speeds to enhance line capacity, cost-effectiveness, and passenger comfort.

Global rail passenger traffic between 2018 and 2019, by region

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

2018 and 2019

Supplementary notes

* Includes Turkey and Russia
According to the source, the figures are estimates.

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